High School Football

Mount Baker’s offense played well, but it was the defense that keyed a season-opening win

The Mount Baker football team opened its season with a 49-13 victory over Roosevelt Friday at Meridian High School against the same team it beat 38-35 in last year’s opener.

While it would be easy to give credit to the offensive for the lopsided win, a closer look reveals strong play by the Mountaineer defense. Multiple times the Rough Riders drove the ball within the Mountaineers’ 30-yard line, but a swatted pass or a sack turned the momentum for Mount Baker.

“Defensively, a lot of guys had to come up big when we needed them to,” Mount Baker coach Ron Lepper said. “The next thing you know, our defense is off the field and we’re moving the ball.”

Carson Brandland reaped the benefits of that ball movement, as the senior ran for a pair of touchdowns. His first came in the first quarter on a 50-yard run, and he followed it up immediately with a 2-yard scamper to give Mount Baker a 21-0 lead in the second quarter.

“It was nice to spread the ball around, which we want to do this year,” Lepper said. “It was a nice way to start the year, too.”